Giveaway Day and a News flash!


Yippee Yay!! It's Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!
Welcome to those who are new to my blog, 
and of course a warm welcome back to my regular lovely visitors.


but first I have an exciting NEWS FLASH!! 
A super new quilt book featuring Australian quilters called Desert to Sea was just released today!! Here's the fabulous cover. 

This description sums it up perfectly.. 
"Take a journey to the great Land Down Under … Ten beautiful, eclectic quilts designed by eight inspirational Australian quilters, reflective of the bountiful colour and beauty of the Australian landscape and culture. Quilt patterns to entice and challenge passionate quilters to make unique quilts that will bring a little of the Land Down Under into your home. Betty Kerr, Charlotte Dumesny, Danielle Aeuckens, Jane Davidson, Lorena Uriarte, Cathy Underhill, Rachaeldaisy and Jeannette Bruce, bring to you quilts made with their favourite techniques, injected with a piece of their own personalities and style. Compiled by Jane Davidson."

Be the first on the block to own a copy and order of Desert to Sea from Amazon here. This news is hot off the presses, I'm sure there'll be book tours and fun celebrations so stay tuned for more exciting Desert to Sea news. 

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Now back to giveaway day...


I'll keep it simple because I know there are lots of giveaways to enter so this is what I have on offer -
One delicious layer cake of Gardenvale, the highly anticipated range by Jen Kingwell.

I love the way Jen has captured a retro, eclectic vibe with her designs.
A few of the prints...




This Giveaway is now closed- 
A huge mega-thanks to all the wonderful comments for Giveaway Day. Reading about your favourite garden things made me feel as though I was wandering around in a beautiful garden full of delightful sights and scents. 
I used the random selector to choose the Giveaway Day winner and the lucky number was 41 which means Deborah of Sunshine Through the Rain is the winner. Congratulations Deborah, I know you'll you'll make something brilliant with the Gardenvale layer cake. 

For your chance to win :
*You must be a follower of my blog, or sign up as a follower, eg GFC, Bloglovin, Feedly, Let me know in a comment how you follow.
*For a second chance, let's use Gardenvale as our inspration -  let me know your favourite thing in the garden, is it a flower, a tree, a little honey bee, or something else?

The giveaway is open until Sunday10th May, 6pm (Blue Mountains, Australia time) when I'll pick a winner randomly. I'm happy to ship anywhere in the world.
Good Luck to everyone! And thanks to Sew Mama Sew for hosting such a fun event


Giveaway Day and a News flash!

477 comments

  1. I follow via GFC...thank you for this chance

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  2. I follow w/ bloglovin and I love bees - taking bee keeping classes! thank you!

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  3. I follow via Bloglovin' and I love the possibility of sitting under our garden trees in the shadow and relax.

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  4. I'm your follower via Bloglovin':)

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  5. My favorite thing in the garden is water sprinkler - I know, it's a bit weird, but I just love the mist it makes and how I can play with it with my daughter (we both are a bit wet after such plays:).

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  6. I follow using Newsify. At the moment I am loving my passion fruit vine. The fruit survived our hailstorm!

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  7. I love bumblebees -- spring has finally sprung where I live, and I just saw the first bumblebee of the season yesterday!

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  8. I love wildflowers especially in this area of Virginia. I'm a transplant here and I still am amazed how lovely the wild plants are!

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  9. The dew drops hanging on the leaves shining like nature's pearls would be my favorite things in the garden early in the morning.

    Congratulations on being published in Desert to Sea! It looks awesome!

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  10. I love seeing the garden come back to life each spring-and seeing all the lovely flowers.

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  11. I follow via gfc.
    My favourite bit of my garden is the pond and all the wildlife it attracts

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  12. I follow through bloglovin.
    My favourite part of the garden are the huge trees. So majestic!

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  13. I love dahlias, sadly though so do the slugs and the birds :S

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  14. I see a sliver of your quilt on a book cover!!!!!
    I have followed you for a long time on blogger -- old school! These prints make me think of my Grandma's dresses.

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  15. Hi ! I follow you via Bloglovin

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  16. I love my hydrangeas. Sadly all my plants got damaged in the hail storm

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  17. I love my yard because it's full of plants my husband and I picked out. We walk the yard and check out the progress of each - what's blooming, what's sprouting, what's having troubles, etc. we watch the fish swim in the pond, watch for water lily blooms, hunt for the snails in the pond and lizards on the lattice behind the pond. It's not a huge yard but it's ours and we've planted and nurtured everything in it.

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  18. Hi Rachael, I follow Bloglovin and your on the sidebar of my blog !

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  19. Hi! I started following you via Blogger during the last giveaway day! So awesome that you participate, and I've loved reading your blog since I found it!

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  20. Oh my goodness, I LOvE Jen's fabric. I was fortunate enough to get to meet her at QuiltCon this year and pick up some Gardenvale. I came home and started making Dresden Plates and have anxiously awaited it to get to the quilt shops so I can make more blocks. It's the flowers for me !

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  21. happy GFC follower here! thanks for the chance

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  22. my favorite thing in the garden is my hubby! LOL I don't really enjoy gardening but I love that he makes it so beautiful!

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  23. following on bloglovin
    sewsimplelife@gmail.com

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  24. congrats on the book! I'm a follower, with GFC

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  25. I love roses in the garden, swiftly followed by peonies and butterflies, roll on Summer!! Thanks for the chance to win x

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  26. I love daisies and butterflies!

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  27. First, congratulations on being part of a new and exciting book. What a wonderful opportunity for you. Second,I follow along via blogger and third, the best thing in my garden would be the flowering trees of spring.

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  28. I follow with bloglovin. sarah@forrussia.org

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  29. My favorite thing in the garden are the roses and fresh mint. sarah@forrussia.org

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  30. I love tulips. The are one of the first reminders of life after winter. Thank you so much for the chance.

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  31. I follow by Bloglovin'.. My favorite part of a garden is a pool with black lava rocks and lots of ferns growing

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  32. I follow on Bloglovin! Thank you for a lovely giveaway, as always :)

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  33. My frangipani tree is my favourite thing in the garden, although I am battling with bugs all over it at the moment!

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  34. I follow on Bloglovin. Thank you for a lovely giveaway. x

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  35. In my garden my favourite thing is the magnolia tree, it doesn't flower for long but is so stunning when it does. x

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  36. My favorite thing in the garden are all the tomato plants. I cant wait until they are ready

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  37. My favorite thing in a garden is me sitting with a diet coke watching everyone else do the work.....

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  38. Warm strawberries from the garden :)

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  39. Herbs and salads are top of my list, to eat a herby salad within minutes of picking is simply heavenly.

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  40. I love this giveaway time to find new blogs to follow, I now follow with GFC

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  41. My favourite thing in the garden are the tulips. They are the first flower in the spring and let me know that winter is over.

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  42. I love the flowers; I'm always so amazed that they come back. :)

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  43. I follow via BlogLovin and Feedspot!

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  44. I am a new follower via Bloglovin'. Don't know why it took this long, I've had your Swoon Town block in my Pinterest favorites for a long time!! Still want to make one! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

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  45. My favorite flower is lilac, and it looks like I see some purple flowers in this fabric that could be lilacs. Thanks for the generous give away! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

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  46. I follow by email! I love this fabric line. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  47. I am a follower thru emails. I also love this fabric line. Simply gorgeous colors.


    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  48. I just started a garden, so i am going to say my vegetables are my favorite. I also enjoy the birds, butterflies, hummingbirds and lots of flowers. Thank you for being a part of the SMS Giveaway Day and the chance to win that awesome Layer Cake. Hope you have a nice Mother's Day.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  49. I follow by email & GFC XXX

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  50. I am waiting patiently for my orange day lilies. I have many colors but my orange doubles are pretty spectacular. Thanks!

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  51. I am a follower via Blogger.

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  52. The colors and motifs in Gardenvale would make a great summer (here in the USA) project. Here's hopin'!
    Cwoosley12@yahoo.com

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  53. My favorite things in the garden are birds. We have no cockatiels, but downy woodpeckers, cardinals and finches will do!
    Cwoosley12@yahoo.com

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  54. Yea! Congratulations on being published!! I would have been upset if they hadn't included you. Looking forward to seeing the book.

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  55. I follow you on bloglovin. Congrats on the new book!

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  56. I'm a great admirer of the SF Botanical Garden as I'm not much of a gardener myself. I love tulips.

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  57. I love flowers, especially daffodils & irises.

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  58. Hi Rachael i am a happy follower of your blog,and i loves bees in our garden as the last couple of years our bees have been scarce,thankyou for hosting this fab giveaway xx

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  59. I follow via Bloglovin - thank you!

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  60. I love daisies and tulips in the garden! I really hate garden slugs and my husband really really really likes talking about his constant battle with them - yuk!

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  61. My favourite thing in the garden are bluebells

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  62. I am a faithful follower via bloglovin

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  63. I am a flower person and love the tulips in the sping - someday I hope to get to Amsterdam in the spring

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  64. I follow on Bloglovin. Thank you for a beautiful giveaway.

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  65. I follow you on my Feedly. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  66. My favorite thing in the garden is sunflowers. I love how they turn to face the sun and they make good seeds for the birds.

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  67. My favorite garden item.... the veggies that my husband grows!! The smell of the dirt while we are working out there. Just being outside in the garden.... too many favorite things to list here :)

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  68. I follow you on Bloglovin, and on my favortie tab! =)

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  69. I follow your blog three different ways, as a follower of your blog, Bloglovin, and with a link from my blog!

    Great fabrics a modern twist on a vintage feel!

    Thanks for a chance to win this great giveaway.

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  70. My favorite flower in my garden just opened yesterday with a light rain. My Grandmother had lots of orange poppies, and they bloomed last night. Makes me feel close to her and see her smile as they smile in the breeze.

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  71. I don't have a garden but I do love the tomatoes my neighbor brings me from his garden.

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  72. From the garden, my inspiration comes from leaves. I love the shapes and colors of leaves!

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  73. Congrats on the book!

    I follow you through Feedly. Thanks!

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  74. My favourite thing in the garden is my kids. Because that means they're not bugging me!

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  75. I follow you on bloglovin with the name shroomfrog.

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  76. My favorite thing in the garden is lily of the valley flowers.

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  77. I follow you on Bloglovin'!
    tstanulis@verizon.net

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  78. I love to grow herbs in my garden, especially by my front door so I can smell them when going in the door!
    tstanulis@verizon.net

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  79. Love Gardenvale! I follow on Bloglovin

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  80. Hmm... favorite thing in the garden.. probably anything I don't have to grow myself. But I love sitting and watching hummingbirds and butterflies, feeling the breeze, the scent of the flowers, the splashes of color...

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  81. I follow you on bloglovin....and what I like most is the flowers...all the colors that combined together to make an awesome palette....

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  82. I am already a bloglovin follower! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  83. I love the spring wildflower that bloom in my backyard....especially the trilliums!

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  84. I love my giant lavender bush! The breeze makes my yard smell terrific!

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  85. I follow you via email (a different one).
    fabricstasher24@gmail.com

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  86. Love the new spring lambs that you can see in the field at the bottom of our garden
    fabricstasher24@gmail.com

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  87. I follow through BlogLovin. I adore quilts, and this giveaway day is perfect. Thanks for sharing. My fave thing in the garden is my old wood stool for sitting. Its my quiet space. Thanks for sharing. Fingers crossed!

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  88. I follow your blog through Bloglovin. I look forward to every post.

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  89. Lots of things I llove in our garden, but probably birds. In the UK, a lovely little Robin who comes so near to the house and if I'm gardening, he follows me around. In NZ tuis and fantails.

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  90. I am following you on Bloglovin.

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  91. I'm a follower via Bloglovin :)

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  92. I don't do any gardening myself, but would someday like to take the time to start a vegetable garden!

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  93. I follow through email
    sushikrazy@hotmail.com

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  94. I am about to plant a lemon tree at our new house
    sushikrazy@hotmail.com

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  95. following on my feedreader ...

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  96. My garden - I love everyhting about it, but if it comes really down to it I like burrowing my hands into that perfectly not too dry not too wet slightly crumbly perfect fresh soil that you get in spring, when you hoped all winter for a few days of really really cold temps. to break up your big chunks of soild from turning the beds ...

    But then I also like being all muddied after marathon planting ... I once spend a very wet rainy autumn day planitng 6 rows of strawberries I doubt there was a bit of me left unmuddied ...

    I rather love the "inbetween" snacking walking by the berries and grabbing a hand ...

    And I like it if my planting plans turn out well - high perennials, low perennials high andlow annuals in between ... highlights groupings ... did I take away too much of the ever spreading sunflowers too few, did the mint get trough winter well and is covering that low part at the right ...

    Ok I'm going to stop - I love gardening. The only thing I do not like is sieving the compost.

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  97. Very exciting for you!! Can't wait to read through this book for sure.:) I follow through Google, Bloglovin' and have you on my link list too!

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  98. Love watching the hummingbirds with the flowers. That's always so interesting to me.:)

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  99. I follow through Bloglovin

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  100. Favorite thing about my garden is the urban deer that roam through. I know they eat things, but they are such beautiful gentle creatures.

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  101. I love watching my Hydrangea plant go from sticks with a few leaves to a plant covered with beautiful pale blue flowers and large green leaves.

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  102. Haha, I've just finished hauling buckets and buckets of topsoil into my brand new raised beds, so I'd say these are my favourite things in my garden at the moment. I hope I'll see them bursting with spring veggies pretty soon!

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  103. My favorite thing in the garden is hearing the birds chattering. The new book looks wonderful--there certainly are a lot of talented Australian quilters!

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  104. ooh I saw something about that book on Facebook. It looks fabulous! hope we get it in bookstores here in the States

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  105. I follow via Bloglovin, Thanks!

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  106. I love all the plants & trees as they are just beginning to bud.

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  107. My favorite thing in the garden is Shasta Daisy's. Thanks

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  108. Our front yard has no lawn - just native plants & flowers. My favorite is foxglove. They are tall and strong and beautiful. They can heal or kill. Just amazing flowers.

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  109. I love the flowers in my garden. Daisies and Sunflowers are favorites.

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  110. I've added you to my feeds on Inoreader. Thank you for the tip regarding the book! A lot of my favorite quilters are from Australia so I've put it on my wishlist. Is it available as an ebook? I always try to save the shipping charges so that I got some more to spend on fabric :D

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  111. My favorite thing in my garden is the solar-powered little fountain in the middle. I love sitting in the garden and listening to the sounds it makes.

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  112. My favorite thing in my garden are my home-grown tomatoes. Can't wait! thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  113. Seeing the animals visit. You need to add follow buttons to your site(bloglovin, facebook, etc) 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  114. following on bloglovin, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  115. My favorite thing in the garden is flowers!

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  116. So glad to have found your blog. I'm now following you with Bloglovin'

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  117. I'm going to have to go with home-grown food from a vegetable garden. :)

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  118. Big trees and day lilies. The book looks wonderful, congrats!

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  119. I follow via Bloglovin. Thank you for the lovely giveaway.

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  120. Might be an odd choice but I'm gonna say grass! I love to walk on it barefoot and love the smell of cut grass. Thanks for your generous giveaway x

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  121. I love, love,love flowers in my garden! Any garden! Thanks for the chance to win that lovely stack of goodness!

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  122. I always love to see ladybugs in my garden.

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  123. Favourite things are my flowers!

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  124. Now an official GFC follower - thanks for the chance x

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  125. I just signed up to receive your emails.

    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  126. Favourite things in the garden - the kids, especially when I am indoors with the door shut x

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  127. I love to see my irises in bloom. They are so pretty and smell good to!

    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  128. I follow on blog lovin, my favourite thing in the garden at present is my fresh lettuce and spinach.

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  129. such a pretty and fun dress.
    now following you on bloglovin

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  130. pretty fabrics.
    my favorite things in our garden at this point is 4 blueberry plants, 2 red raspberry plants and new is a butterfly garden. and of course all the wonderful birds that visit us daily

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  131. My peonies are my favorite.

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  132. I am a GFC follower and LOVE the fabrics. These would be perfect additions to my Green tea sweet beans quilt!

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  133. Following on bloglovin' (@trekkiechick). Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  134. My favorite thing in a garden would be all the colors, whether its a bunch of pretty flowers or a sea of shades of green. Thanks for a fun giveaway!

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  135. I'm a already a follower with Bloglovin'. Thanks.

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  136. Butterflies are my garden favorites. Thanks again.

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  137. I am a beekeeper and LOVE that you included honey bees are the list.

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  138. I love clemitis in my garden, and morning glories, and sunflowers, and anything that blooms!

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  139. I follow you via Bl0glovin.

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  140. I am anticipating with great joy the huge selection of sunflowers I'm planting this year. I'd love to get rid of my total lawn (i.e., my weed patch) and plant flowers.

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  141. Honorary President of the Rach fan club here so naturally I'm a follower. Thanks for hosting such a fabulous giveaway!

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  142. OK- second chance . My favourite thing about the garden is blooming tulips ...which reminds me - time to plant some bulbs !

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  143. I love roses, especially the scented ones.

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  144. I love lavender in my garden!

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  145. Rachael I already follow you. You are also on my blog roll

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  146. i follow through email

    erin2470@hotmail.com

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  147. Rachael I already follow you. You are also on my blog roll

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  148. Rachael I already follow you. You are also on my blog roll

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  149. i love the smells of a garden, early morning dew and cool nights sitting there

    erin2470@hotmail.com

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  150. I love the smell of lilacs. I just moved into a new house and I can't wait to plant some lilac bushes in my yard!

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  151. I follow via Bloglovin, my favourite thing in our garden is the white cedar, it provides much needed shade in summer, and the birds love it.

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  152. Daisies are my favorite flower in a flower garden and tomatoes are my favorite garden veggie. I signed up as a new follower to your blog as well as blog lovin'.

    Thanks SO MUCH!

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  153. My favorite thing in our garden in the fresh veggies!

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  154. I follow you on bloglovin'. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  155. I love my trees and my herb garden!

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  156. My favorite garden item is tomato plants!

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  157. Bloglovin follower: Nicole Sender
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  158. I love bees and grow many of their favorite flowers.
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  159. I follow through Bloglovin. :)

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